The IDS Introduces Itself

The Institute for the German Language (IDS) is the central non-university institution for the study and documentation of the contemporary usage and recent history of the German language. Together with 79 non-university research and service institutions, it belongs to the Leibniz Association, one of the four major research organizations in Germany.

As a member of the Leibniz Association, the Institute is financed jointly by the Federal Government and the state of Baden-Württemberg. Various additional funding is provided by research-promotion organizations such as the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Community for the Promotion of Research) and the Volkswagen-Stiftung (Volkswagen Foundation). Support is also provided by the city of Mannheim and the Verein der Freunde des Instituts für Deutsche Sprache e.V. (Association of the Friends of the Institute for the German Language - registered association). At present, the IDS has 107 employees including 60 researchers.

With its lectures, conferences, and colloquia, the IDS is a meeting place and discussion forum for native and foreign Germanists and all others interested in language research.

The IDS does not offer German language courses!
Information about German courses for foreigners is, however, available under